A proposed solution for descriptions (was: Re: ISO 639 - Newitem approved - N'Ko)

Jon Hanna jon at hackcraft.net
Tue Jun 20 16:35:21 CEST 2006

Kent Karlsson wrote:
> Ciarán Ó Duibhín wrote:
>>In the case of "Côte d'Ivoire" there is no such doubt.  The mark functions
>>and should be processed as an apostrophe ('), not as a 
>>right single quote (’).
> The preferred character for a punctuation apostrophe is U+2019.
> U+0027 is a typewriterish apostrophe (it has a symmetric, and usually
> rather ugly, glyph). The names of characters don't tell the full story.

Or in many cases even a vaguely accurate story - quite often they tell a 
story 180° from the truth. While they sometimes *are* accurate, in 
general, the names should really be as considered little more than 
identifying tags.

You are of course correct U+2019 is the one to go for.

U+0027 is useful as an input method to get U+2019 (when some cleverness 
is used to determine it should be that rather than U+2018, U+2032 or any 
of various other possibilities), for programming, and to meet historical 
requirements, or because one's editor doesn't do the aforementioned 
cleverness, but it's an uncooth character, not really suited to polite 

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